Less than 24 hours ago, Beirut based Middle East Airlines (MEA) unveiled its brand new training & conference center in presence of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and a panel of ministers and dignitaries.
Speaking during the event, Lebanese Minister of Public Work and Transportation Youssef Fenianos said:
“There is a free and creative will in Lebanon to open such a center. It is time for Beirut to recuperate its place through centers like the one we are inaugurating today.”
Fenianos also revealed that maps to increase the airport’s capacity to reach 20 million passengers had been drafted.
The modern and state-of-the-art center is packed with the latest technology and tools that offers premium quality training for pilots, flight attendants, and even staff members.
The center has a total of 43,500 square meters that are divided into 7 floors.
Middle East Airlines also announced the “Dome”, which has a total area of 1,200 square meters.
The Dome will mainly consist of an auditorium, a reception hall and a main entrance.
The auditorium can fit up to 300 people for conferences and events while the center consists of a ballroom, indoor reception as well as multipurpose halls.
3,000 square meters have been dedicated to Pilot & Cadet training, so you’ll hopefully have fewer “bumpy” landings. This space includes a flight simulator for the Airbus A320, a fixed airbus pilot transition, a computer-based training tool, and a lounge for pilots.
New pilots will be able to go through training, and experienced pilots will be able to renew their licenses here.
The center is also equipped with a training unit for air hosts and hostesses to teach them more about safety and security. This space includes mobile simulators to simulate various scenarios for emergencies and evacuation.
Other sections of the center include a library, spaces for ground & administrative training, aircraft maintenance and over 500 offices.
This is definitely a step in the right direction for Middle East Airlines with their goal of improving customer service, and becoming aviation leaders in the region (and maybe even globally, someday!).